Terry Stephens, Auckland, NZ artist passed away peacefully

Terry Stephens
Airbrush artist Terry Stephens died (Image: Facebook)


The Airbrush community lost one of the world’s greatest Airbrush artists and Human beings tonight Kiwi Terry Stephens, Auckland, NZ. New Zealand’s award-winning airbrush artist, Terry “Kiwi” Stephens passed away.

Terry’s artistic talents were nothing short of remarkable, but beyond that, he held a special place as a cherished friend and a genuine gentleman.

The void left by his passing will be deeply felt by everyone whose lives he touched. Read ahead to know more about his passing and Terry Stephens’s cause of death.

Terry Stephens died: What happened to him?

The global community has suffered a profound loss in the passing of a gifted artist. Terry Stephens, known fondly as Kiwi Terry, left us in a manner that was unexpected and deeply saddening. 

In the wake of this heartbreaking news, Stephens’s family, close friends, and the wider community have taken to social media platforms to express their grief.

They have been sharing their memories, stories, and tributes in his honor, while also reaching out to others for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

The collective sorrow is a testament to Terry’s significant impact on those fortunate to know him and experience his artistic brilliance.

Jason Percy, a family member of Stephens, announced the passing news of his uncle Terry by penning an emotional message.

With heavy hearts today, the family learned of and announced the sudden passing of Uncle Terry Stephens, in Huntington Beach, California.  He will be greatly missed and remembered for his infectious personality, Obscene jokes & stories, and his incredible world-class artistic talent!

A great man who lived life on his terms, and whose talents will live on in his countless masterpieces, students, and people he helped and taught. I’ll be forever grateful for the time we spent hanging out and learning some tricks of your craft shortly before you departed NZ. Fly high Uncle Tezza!

Terry Stephens’s cause of death

It is with deep sadness that we must share the heartbreaking news of the passing of the esteemed artist, Terry Stephens. According to reports, he passed away peacefully at his home in Huntington Beach, California.

However, his family and online sources have chosen not to disclose the cause of his passing. Furthermore, there has been no indication of any prior illnesses in his family history or from online reports.

We commit to providing updates on Terry Stephens’ cause of death as soon as new information becomes available. Despite our earnest efforts to gather pertinent information and deliver timely updates, it remains imperative to respect the privacy of his family during this difficult time.

Read: In the wake of his passing, Armando Serrano, a close friend of Stephens, penned an emotional message.

I am at a loss. I received some drifting news this evening. My dear friend Terry Stephens has passed away. Another amazing artist gone. Over the past few years. Terry has become a member of my family coming down to Nevada to work on projects with me. Terry you will forever be in our hearts. Thank you for all the beautiful artwork you have given to this world you will forever be remembered.

“KIWI” TERRY STEPHENS: What we know about him.

Terry was recognized as New Zealand’s award-winning airbrush artist. Stephens embarked on his airbrushing journey at the young age of 16, cultivating it as a hobby.

Progressing swiftly, he established himself as a professional artist in his home country of New Zealand, dedicating several years to honing his craft.

In 1999, drawn to the United States—recognized as a hub for all things airbrushing and customization—he joined the team at Huntington Beach Bodyworks.

Beyond his role at the shop, Stephens became a sought-after collaborator, extending his expertise to assist other studios and artists with their creative endeavors.

Presently, Terry is deeply engaged in crafting a series of paintings intended for future release in print, and he finds fulfillment as an instructor, sharing his knowledge across a diverse range of classes.

Renowned for his vivacious and dynamic automotive mural and graphics style, Kiwi’s artistic identity is synonymous with high energy. Often referred to as the ‘Skull King,’ Terry’s profound familiarity with the airbrush has been garnered through countless hours of practice, rendering him a knowledgeable and engaging educator.

Terry about his profession

My name is Terry Stephens but because of my accent, most who know me call me Kiwi Terry, as I originate from New Zealand. Now living in the USA I’m best known for my Airbrush work in the Custom Automotive Industry.

Teaching at the Airbrush Action Getaway block courses run 3 times a year, twice in Las Vegas and once in Florida is another activity I enjoy.

I also write how-to articles for Airbrush Action Magazine and perform Airbrush demos at various industry events and shows for a variety of products.

Also worked in the Airbrush fine art field and displayed my pieces in Galleries in Orange County California. As well as providing artwork for different products and novelty products.

Terry Stephens Art
Terry Stephens Art (Image via Fine Art America)


Terry Stephens Art (Image via Fine Art America)

Family and friends mourn the loss of Terry Stephens

One person wrote: Saddened to hear the news this morning about the passing of “Kiwi” Terry Stephens. It was always so great listening to his stories and watching him do his thing !! We are so blessed to have a couple of his pieces. Rest Easy Terry 🙏🏻💔

The second one wrote: My Heart sank when I heard about the passing of an amazing artist and friend. He was always humble and upbeat and was always having a good time. His attention to detail with his art was unmatched, and he was always there to help when needed. I will truly miss you, my friend. RIP KIWI.

The third person wrote: Rest peacefully Kiwi Terry Stephens  I’ve admired your work, your humor, and your humility for many years.

Another one wrote: I’m absolutely heartbroken today to hear of the passing of Terry Stephens. I first met Terry many many years ago at SEMA and we have been close friends ever since. The world has lost an amazing airbrush artist and I’ve lost a dear friend.


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